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Driving Theory Test Centres in Salford

Located smack bang in the middle of Salford Quays, this theory test centre is a useful option for anyone in the Greater Manchester area. Want to know more? Well, we’re going to cover pass rates, contact details, parking options and everything else that will help you on the day!


Unit 1a, Sovereign Point 31 The Quays Salford Quays Salford Greater Manchester M50 3AH

Phone Number

0333 2001122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.

Waiting Times

4-5 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.


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Arriving at Salford Theory Test Centre

By public transport

You’ll be pleased to learn that Salford benefits from exceptional public transport links. The closest tram stop to the test centre will be Harbour City—though both MediaCityUK and Broadway are only a short distance away. If you prefer to take the bus, you won’t be short of options either. Central Bay, Winnipeg Quay and The Lowry are all bus stops that are 1-2 minutes’ walk from the centre. The closest train station is Salford Crescent, though it will be a 30-minute walk to the centre from here. If you are travelling by train, it might be an idea to use a combination of train and bus or tram. For more specific details of routes and times, consult the Salford City Council website.

By car

You could also go for the option of driving to the test centre. Tap M50 3AH in to your sat nav and hit the road! You should eventually find yourself on Trafford Road. From there, follow signs to The Quays. Once you reach the roundabout, your destination should be on the left. Keep an eye out for signs on the building indicating Sovereign Point.


By far your best option when it comes to parking is the Lowry Outlet Mall (M50 3AH) which, handily, is just next door. They charge £2 for 2 hours. With 1800 spaces, you shouldn’t have any problems finding a spot! If that doesn’t work out, you may find prices elsewhere get a little steeper. Using the nearby Imperial War Museum’s (M17 1TZ) spaces will set you back a rather hefty £5 for 2 hours, and it’s a 12-minute walk to the centre. Then again, if you want to grab a real bargain and don’t mind a 16-minute walk, you should definitely opt for Capital Quay (M50 3WL). They only charge 10p for 2 hours!

Pass Rates by Year

The good news about Salford theory test centre is that its pass rate continues to sit above the national average. Now, we know that all centres provide the same test so it’s not exactly a sign that you’re more likely to pass here—but it’s nice to know the stats are in your favour!

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
51.2% 49.6% 50.0% 48.5% 49.0%

Guides and Tips

In order to have the best chance of passing your theory test first time, it’s really important that you take the learning process seriously. This means knowing your stuff and revising at every opportunity. Thankfully, there are plenty of useful resources out there that will have you test-ready in no time! Check out some of our favourites:

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

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Blue Building
Ground Floor Units 3&4
Universal Square

3.3 miles away

By rail: Manchester Piccadilly

2017/18 pass rate: 48.6%

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Wellington Road North

6.6 miles away

By rail: Stockport

2017/18 pass rate: 48.9%

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To do well on your theory it’s really important that you get a good night’s sleep before test day. If you’re traveling to Salford from further afield, why not spend the night before in a hotel close to the centre? This should take away some unnecessary stress in the form of traffic problems or trains running late! We’ve shortlisted a few good options for a range of budgets:

Holiday Inn Express Manchester Salford Quays★★★☆☆

The Holiday Inn is literally just across the water (we’re talking a 4-minute walk) from the test centre. Convenience certainly isn’t the only thing this chain hotel has going for it, though! You can expect comfortable modern rooms, exceptional service and stunning views across the quays and MediaCityUK. This hotel offers a little slice of luxury at a 3-star price.

Premier Inn Manchester Salford Quays★★★☆☆

Another chain classic, this Premier Inn is in an ideal location for the test centre and sits right on the waterfront. You’ll benefit from an exceptionally good night’s sleep, thanks to the hotel’s luxury Hypnos mattress and high quality bedding. You can also take advantage of the great value meal deals available at the in-house restaurant. Despite the low price, all of your needs are catered to!

AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays★★★★☆

A little further down the quays you’ll find this 4-star gem, which offers the perfect retreat after a long day of revision. Enjoy a sumptuous meal in their laid back lounge, where you can grab a pizza and treat yourself to a well-earned cocktail. Alternatively, make the most of your trendy, comfortable lodgings and order room service.

Places to Celebrate

Passed your theory test and looking for a place to celebrate and let your hair down? You are in the right city! You’ll be overwhelmed with choice when it comes to bars and pubs, but here are a few of our favourites:

The Alchemist

For those with a taste for the finer things in life, The Alchemist is a must see venue. This classy cocktail bar and eatery will knock your socks off. Speciality cocktails, lovingly-crafted culinary delights, and a balcony hanging over the water with views that are second-to-none—The Alchemist is sure to give you a night to remember.


With a huge bar area and terrace, Lime offers top quality drinks in a casual and relaxed setting. They even have a sushi bar, so you can indulge in some fresh food while you enjoy a drink or two. No need to dress up to the nines—this bar may look a little fancy, but its atmosphere is refreshingly laid back.


An option we included especially for all of you beer connoisseurs out there, CraftBrew is an independently owned bar serving a wide range of tasty ales and bar food. Pull up a chair, take in the Manchester-themed décor and select something yummy from their deli menu. Stylish, relaxed and a great spot to wet your whistle!

What Happens Next?

Salford test centre benefits from being one of the most easily accessible and convenient locations to sit the theory test in Greater Manchester. Meanwhile, the local amenities provide the opportunity for both a peaceful kip and a right old knees-up!

Once you’ve earned the all-important pass certificate, what’s next on the driving journey? That’ll be the practical test, of course! Use your theory pass number to log into the DVSA website and book yourself a test. From the Salford area? Your prime locations are going to be Cheetham Hill and Sale (Salford Fire Station is temporarily closed).

Didn’t manage to pass your theory yet? Not to worry! Arranging another test is fairly straightforward. Just remember to leave a gap of at least 3 working days (them’s the rules) from your previous test. Make the most of the interim period and get plenty of revision in so you can ace the test next time around!

No matter the outcome of your theory test, PassMeFast can organise your entire driving journey and have you out on that open road in no time. We’re not one of those one-course-fits-all kinda driving schools. On the contrary: we’ve designed a varied range of courses, sure to meet the needs of every kind of learner. To book in today and take the next step to getting that licence, call us today on 0333 123 4949, or hit the button below. Trust us, the road to driving doesn’t have to be long!

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